RN Island Style....going Tech

I am a Registered Nurse, parent of three beautiful daughters. I was raised in Colorado and relocated to Hawaii in 1991. Here is my new avenue to express myself under the freedom of speech liberties, to process my thoughts, life events, share some sorrow, laughter and exchange ideas with my fellow nursing colleges. Change is a constant part of life that I welcome. I feel its NOT instability BUT a thirst for more; to grow,learn and explore! Please read the disclosure.


Back home in Colorado

Disclosure

  • The great HIPAA Goddess is respected here. All names have been changed in this blog to protect the guilty. Circumstances have been altered and some are downright fabrications.
  • Do not try any of these things at home. Do not constitute anything said here as "medical advise". Do not ask for any medical advise.

The opinions expressed are strictly the opinions of Isle_RN. If you don't like her opinions then make up some of your own



Sunday, April 24, 2011

Preventing Workplace Violence: Strategies for Nurses & Managers

Preventing Workplace Violence: Strategies for Nurses & Managers

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Nursing Show: News, Tips, and Commentary for Nurses and Students - Download free podcast episodes by Jamie Davis on iTunes.

Here is a great site for quick nursing related refresher topics. You can subscribe to their RSS feed or in iTunes as podcasts!

Enjoy :)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Unemployment Blues

am in that very predicament of having to choose to advance my nursing career, but feel pressured to change career directions altogether. Being recently laid off after a almost cushy 2 years of State employment, I now have been tossed back into the mix of "the unemployed". Feeling displaced and unsought here where I live and earned my degree, I am one of the many nurses who are struggling to get a solid job/career to carry me thru my next 25 years. As our college churns out the nurses and people hanging desperately onto the jobs they currently have, gives no room for the ones who have been "let go". I have researched numerous avenues like returning to school, but for what? An advanced degree, a change in career all together, delved into the idea of returning to military service only met with unflattering rejection. Too old, not enough education, hypothyroid or borderline diabetic forget it, might as well had my arms amputated! The feeling of being so unwanted, useless and incapable raises its ugly head at me. How does one stay positive, directed, focused and driven to keep the faith? Single parent, reduced to a 1/3rd of my previous 77K annual income with no relief in sight. Is this what I went to college for? Is this the rainbow of nursing careers that was promised to the college freshman? How do you decipher which college or continuing educational facility is the "best" they all claim to be, but offer minimal to no aide in time of crisis. For those seeking the glorious nursing life on the islands....forget it...doesn't exist. That left with the tide years ago. Now, I look to becoming certified in something, anything, because employers want even more proof you know what you are doing, that you actually can well known software programs etc. So for now the "quick fix" is just that....seeking the quickest way to prove myself before i drown for this sinking ship. So in the end, how would I help a new student out there from suffering the same? Can't promise jobs, but I can tell you that I would recommend an advanced degree, with all the certifications you can muster behind your name. God speed, keep the faith and aim high my friends!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

My Career Test Path

The Dewey Color System® is the world's first and only validated, color-based personality career testing instrument. Based on our experience and your interests, your best suited occupations are listed below.

BEST OCCUPATIONAL CATEGORY
You're a CREATOR
Key Words:
Nonconforming, Impulsive, Expressive, Romantic, Intuitive, Sensitive, and Emotional
These original types place a high value on aesthetic qualities and have a great need for self-expression. They enjoy working independently, being creative, using their imagination, and constantly learning something new. Fields of interest are art, drama, music, and writing or places where they can express, assemble, or implement creative ideas.

CREATOR OCCUPATIONS
Suggested careers are Advertising Executive, Architect, Web Designer, Creative Director, Public Relations, Fine or Commercial Artist, Interior Decorator, Lawyer, Librarian, Musician, Reporter, Art Teacher, Broadcaster, Technical Writer, English Teacher, Architect, Photographer, Medical Illustrator, Corporate Trainer, Author, Editor, Landscape Architect, Exhibit Builder, and Package Designer.

CREATOR WORKPLACES
Consider workplaces where you can create and improve beauty and aesthetic qualities. Unstructured, flexible organizations that allow self-expression work best with your free-spirited nature.

Suggested Creator workplaces are advertising, public relations, and interior decorating firms; artistic studios, theaters and concert halls; institutions that teach crafts, universities, music, and dance schools. Other workplaces to consider are art institutes, museums, libraries, and galleries.

2ND BEST OCCUPATIONAL CATEGORY
You're a PERSUADER
Key Words:
Witty, Competitive, Sociable, Talkative, Ambitious, Argumentative, and Aggressive
These enterprising types sell, persuade, and lead others. Positions of leadership, power, and status are usually their ultimate goal. Persuasive people like to take financial and interpersonal risks and to participate in competitive activities. They enjoy working with others inside organizations to accomplish goals and achieve economic success.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

TV programming secrets, cable doesn't want u to know about

The best way to get the channels and quality YOU want for LESS......pssst, pass the secret on!

Friday, October 9, 2009

My Horoscope is soTrue its scary!

October 09, 2009

Scorpio (10/23-11/21)
You're tired of the same old, same old. The routine. You're so tired of it that in the middle of your intense little heart, you're quite sure that if you don't do something to change it soon, you won't be any good to anyone. Not yourself, not your loved ones and certainly not the people who depend on your keen intuition and impeccable work skills to get them through the day.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Isn't bedtime just plain yummy


Scooby and his bunny calling it a day.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Now you see it, now you dont


Here is another item I just purchased as well. I think the concept of this transparent case when iphone is active is AWESOME! I hope it delivers!
Key Feature:
•Brand new custom tailored for iPhone 3G
•Fully covers the entire front face of the iPhone 3G with greatest protection, not just covers the lighted screen section
•Keeping the LCD screen clean and unscratched
•At standby mode, it shows mirror effect.
At active mode, it will become transparent

Ultra-Case is ULTRA cool


Ultra-Case.com

I cant wait for this case to come in! I ordered it yesterday and they said it would be here in 5-10 days. I hope it looks great on my 3G! Its a shame to have a nice, new phone and have an ugly rubber case on it.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Going it alone tonight

At 430 pm this afternoon I found out I was going to be alone for the night shift in the ER. UUGGGGHHH! Talk about stress and being pissed off. Does the supervisor NOT look at the schedule daily and staff appropriately or what? This is the second time I had to go at it alone. Know I know we are a small ER, but it still doesn't mean I can't get the BIG ONE coming in or an assaultive creep come in. Besides, how do u run a code with one RN and one Doc? I took several deep breathes in the parking lot before venturing in and all was well until 2130. Then three patients all came in just about the same time. just as I try to start an IV the doorbell buzzes and I have to stop. Yup no one around to open the door. the telephone rings 2 maybe 3 different times, all of which I was with my patients, pushing drugs, hanging fluids, starting lines, mixing drugs.....what? Do they expect me to run and answer the phone too? Sorry, no can do! I try to keep my head together, be safe, prioritize and be cheery in the eyes of the patients. Even the patients cant believe I'm here alone, but they tell I am doing a good job and that I'm very nice and helpful. That helps my mood a bit, but when its all said and done, when I finally get the last one out the door about 0200 a.m. my back is sore, my feet are pounding, not to mention my head. I thank my guardian angels for keeping me safe once again and for allowing me to be the best nurse I can be under the circumstances. Now, I just keep finding myself glancing over at the security monitor with anticipation of what comes creeping up next.
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New Grad and rusty RN's: Have you had adequate orientation or internship prior to being set free on the floor?